Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Getting ready for the New Year and the challenges we face? Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

What's brewing in education technology in 2014?
Bring-your-own-device programs and social media as a teaching and learning tool are among the top 10 trends in education technology expected to make waves into 2014, according to a recent poll of five experts by T.H.E. Journal. Also making the list are iPads and learning analytics. The experts add that desktop computers and electronic portfolios are losing traction. T.H.E. Journal magazine (exclusive preview for SmartBrief subscribers) (12/2013)Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

As we move to digital formats in texts, we need to consider what "concepts of print" we as teachers need to teach our students in order to access this new form of print. Here are some reviews of some digital texts. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Google Chromebooks are gaining favor among educators
The Torrance and Redondo Beach school districts in California have taken steps to provide Google Chromebooks for students -- a departure from the highly publicized move in Los Angeles to purchase iPads for students. Officials say the Chromebooks, so-called thin-client devices that resemble mini laptops and operate in the cloud, are becoming an increasingly popular choice for schools nationwide. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (12/10)Bookmark and Share

Saturday, December 7, 2013

This article examines the changing role of the teacher resulting from the use of technology in the classroom. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

How the role of the teacher is changing in a high-tech world
Technology increasingly is changing the way students learn, and changing the role of the teacher "to give students what technology can't -- motivation, respect, empathy, and passion," said author-educator Marc Prensky, who made a presentation at a recent conference on learning and the brain. Education-technology expert Will Richardson also said at the conference that educators must be "learners first, teachers second." Education Week Teacher/Teaching Now blog (11/16)Bookmark and Share

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Here is a great way to use Facebook to post information about the school and students. It is a great way to engage parents and students. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How one school district successfully uses Facebook
Having a strong social media presence not only is an effective communication tool for school districts, but it has become an expectation, writes John Skretta, superintendent of the Norris School District in Firth, Neb. In this commentary, Skretta suggests districts use Facebook to replace paper notices and to post important links; keep posts positive; respond to feedback on social media; and make sure social media is linked to the district website. eSchool News (free registration) (11/6)Bookmark and Share

Friday, November 1, 2013

The following article shares some information on how SmartBoards and IPads can improve teaching and learning. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

IPads, interactive whiteboards enhance lessons in Ohio district
Teachers in an Ohio district say they are using technology, such as interactive whiteboards and iPads, to improve teaching and learning. "The iPads are such a great feature for our students, the apps that are available for so many different things. Everybody loves technology, and the visuals are just amazing," said Gwyn Barker, a high-school math teacher. Portsmouth Daily Times (Ohio) (10/19)Bookmark and Share

Monday, October 28, 2013

This post is well thought out and reflects on the issues of implementing i-pads. It provides helpful information for those considering or involved in this process. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

What to expect when schools launch iPad programs
In this blog post, Jennifer Krzystowczyk describes the process her Nebraska school district used to integrate iPads into classroom instruction. The district purchased sets of 30 iPads for about 16 teachers, according to the instructional technology facilitator. She and others found iPads bring the need for educators to undertake added reflection, pace themselves, deal with obstacles, embrace change, be open to creativity and collaborate. Krzystowczyk's blog (10/23)Bookmark and Share

Friday, October 11, 2013

Here's a great free app with many applications. Enjoy!! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Free iPad app raises the bar for flipped instruction
Massachusetts teacher Natasha Rausch was intent on flipping her classroom but says her early attempts to create instructional videos from scratch were of poor quality. At a summer workshop, Rausch was introduced to the free iPad application Knowmia Teach, which allows teachers to create video presentations and publish them on the app's website. Now, Rausch uses the app to make homework videos, boil down textbook information and help students prepare for tests. T.H.E. Journal (10/9)Bookmark and Share

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Today I am featuring a resource for teachers. PLC's are being offered through the internet and provide teachers with educational expertise from their colleagues. Here is a great opportunity for all of you. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Exploring online professional learning communities for teachers
To recognize October as Connected Educator Month, education advocate and adviser Tom Vander Ark shares five ways educators are connecting online. He writes about the social learning platform Edmodo and the wide range of professional learning communities, often reflecting certain disciplines, districts, projects, and policies, including the Basal Alignment Project, the Anthology Alignment Project and PLCs devoted to helping teachers navigate the Common Core State Standards. 
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Here is a great post on digital literacy and the actual use in schools! Courtes of ASCD SmartBrief.

Survey: Most schools make digital literacy part of curriculum
Among readers of SmartBrief on EdTech who responded to a recent poll, 97% said digital literacy is part of their curriculum -- usually spread across multiple subjects. About 30% of respondents also reported the integration of special literary events or projects this month, which is National Literacy Month. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (9/26)Bookmark and Share

Saturday, September 21, 2013

As the use of technology accelerates, teachers need to stay on top of the research regarding its impact on students' learning. Here is a study on special needs readers and technology. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief. Enjoy

Study: Most students with dyslexia benefit from e-readers
U.S. researchers tested the reading skills of children with dyslexia and found that using electronic readers was associated with greater reading comprehension and speed in most students, compared with traditional paper. However, the study showed that children who had lower "visual attention span" scores comprehended less of what they read on electronic devices. The study was published in the journal PLOS One. CNN/The Chart blog (9/18), (9/18)Bookmark and Share

Friday, September 13, 2013

Here is some information on how to use Goggle Lit Trips to help students understand the settings of various literary characters - fiction and nonfiction. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How Google Earth can help make lessons more relevant
Educators are using Google Earth to make math and reading more relevant to students' lives. One teacher uses the free site, Real World Math, which offers math lessons that include word programs that incorporate downloadable Google Earth maps. Another free site, Google Lit Trips, allows students to use online maps to follow the travels of literary characters. (9/6)


Monday, September 9, 2013

As technology changes, there are exciting new updates and opportunities for new learning. Followig is a article about the new classroom uses. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Technology market opens up more with tablet options for schools
The tablet computer has expanded beyond the iPad, offering officials more choices, including devices made by Intel, Samsung, Google and Amplify. This blog post lists some of the top-rated devices for education with information about their operating systems, applications, screens and examples of classroom uses. blog (9/4)
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New resources for teaching content. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Teachers turn to video games to teach science and math
The proliferation of inexpensive tablets, and younger teachers who are savvy with computers, means students are using more video games to learn about subjects such as math and science. For example, Foldit, a game developed by the University of Washington's Center for Game Science, allows students to study protein structures. Other games, such as DragonBox, teaches students algebra. "We were able to show that even kindergartners and first-graders can master solving equations," UW's Zoran Popovic said. The Seattle Times (8/21)Bookmark and Share

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Here's a new option that creates a easy way to differentiate in your classroom. FREE! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Free Web-based tools help teachers mix lessons like a disc jockey
Two new, free Web platforms called OpenCurriculum and Activate Instruction allow teachers to upload resources, lesson plans and other materials and act like a disc jockey to create digital "playlists" that can be shared with other educators. "The great thing about it is that it makes it very, very easy to personalize and individualize things for students," said Kevin Bock, a chemistry teacher at a California school in which the platform was tested for the past year. Fast Company online (8/14)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Here is a great post for teachers who are looking for a way to boost engagement in their classrooms. This is so easy and it works!! Coourtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Can cellphones boost classroom interactions for some students?
More teachers are finding ways to boost lessons and classroom participation by using devices that were once banned from schools -- cellphones. Some teachers in Ohio are texting reminders about tests and homework, with students responding and engaging. "We had some students who maybe ... have said three or four words the entire semester," said Damon Mollenkopf, an Advanced Placement history teacher at Westerville North High School. "All of a sudden, they are giving me these fantastic contributions via [Twitter] or via texting or via email." WBNS-TV (Columbus, Ohio) (8/7)
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Free Resources! Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief!

6 sources for free, online K-12 textbooks

This article details six sources for free, online textbooks and teaching materials narrowed to specific subjects in K-12 education. For instance, CK-12 Foundation offers student and teacher versions of books and user reviews of materials, while Project Gutenberg provides free digital versions of classic texts and a feature that suggests other books similar to ones selected. T.H.E. Journal (8/1)
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This report highlisghts a national trend. Take a look and see what might apply to your students' learning. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Report highlights need for literacy focus in Mich.
One in three students in parts of Michigan are not reading at grade level, according to a review of student achievement in 20 districts. Officials say the data is part of a national trend that emphasizes the need to rally around schools, students and parents to improve literacy. "Children who are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade are more likely to not graduate from high school, which perpetuates the cycle of not going to college and not getting into the workforce," said Lindsay McHolme, director of the Community Literacy Initiative, which compiled the report. WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.) (8/1)Bookmark and Share